I bought mine online just right before Christmas, I got it 2 days earlier than they said I would. I took it out of the box and turned it on and just started recording. Its very lightwieght, the zoom is GREAT...The picture taking isn't all that wonderfull though, you have to be in a VERY WELL LIT ROOM. A few days before you get the product you will have to go and get a 2G or 4G Memory PRO DUO. Also you will need to buy 3 inch Mini-DVD....You can record either on the Stick or the CD, I use the STICK for the Picture taking though . AND REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PART : You DO NOT have to get SONY DISC for your camcorder...ANY of them work JUST FINE...and the OTHERS are CHEAPER TOO. Well I hope this was helpfull, b/c it took me 3 weeks of researching before I decided to just go ahead and buy this one. I'm glad I did, and you will be too.
this is a lovely little camera. its lightweight so easy to carry and hold up while recording for long periods of time. the LCD screen can rotate so the camera can be held high up and the screen tilted down so it can still be seen. the night mode feature is fantastic as it lets you capture what is going on even in dark conditions. it as a anti shake feature so if you haven't got a steady arm it wont stop you recording without the camera flying all over. it is really easy to use with the record button in 2 places, one near the strap so you can press it woth your thumb whilst holding it and the other on the side of the LCD screen so can be controlled with your left hand. the LCD screen is also touch screen and is easy to navigate so you can quickly change settings without missing the things you want to record! I would advise to buy an extra battery as the battery life is quite poor so always best to have a spare
Shoot, eject and play. Enjoy great picture quality with all the convenience of DVD. Carl Zeiss lens with super power 40x optical zoom. HYBRID function records up to 5 hours onto optional Memory Stick. Face Index and Film Roll Index for easy browsing.